A special Holiday $150 giveaway thanks to Minted.


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Notebooks for grocery list making, recipes, editorial calendar and thoughts.

As a blogger and someone who spends a majority of my time online and does the majority of my work in front of a screen, I relish the opportunity to go offline and distance myself from the digital world. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the impersonal nature of the internet. While I’ve made my living doing just that, I always have been (and always will be) a person that does better in real life, face to face. What can I say, I’m a talker.

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Personalized thank you cards.

There so much more value in making an actual phone call or better yet, dropping by a friends house to have coffee and catch up in real life than “checking in” on Facebook or sending a text. I have a love-hate relationship with Evites. I can appreciate the convenience and time saving efforts in sending a quick digital invitation- but, but, but… they’re so just impersonal. I could keep going with examples- apps to write your grocery list, calendars that sink between your phone, iPad, computer, tablet and whatever else you have. And when did sending emails to share your condolences, say thank you or congratulations become ok? For the record, it’s not ok. Sit down and spend 5 minutes hand writing a letter- a little goes a long way.

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Special wrapping paper from Santa.

So you want to know a little something about me? I’m addicted to paper. I send thank you notes and cards for no reason. I have a bazillion notebooks where I write anything and everything down. My phone doesn’t sink with anything. I have an old school paper calendar that is the life force of our family and I have special notebooks dedicated to my editorial calendar, creating recipes, for making my grocery lists and one that holds phone numbers and addresses- you never know when you’re phone is going to break. I even have an old snowboard boot box filled with personalized and pretty stationary that makes me giddy every time I look through it.

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My favorite notebook that makes me smile every time I look at it.

I’m pretty exited today to share an awesome giveaway from the kind folks at Minted who make a living because of people like me. People that love paper! Personalized stationary, day planners (squeal!) holiday cards, custom wrapping paper and my beloved spiral notebooks that I’d be lost without. If there is anything I like better than paper, it’s personalized paper!

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One of the photos going on our custom Minted holiday cards.

Minted is know for their beautiful holiday cards and I can’t wait to send mine out. They’re enroute as I type. The above photo is just one of the photos we choose to go in our cards this year. It’s not too late to order your holiday cards, you know- you don’t want to be left having to send an email photo card- SO NOT OK.

Please enter the giveaway below by telling me your favorite way to write things down. Good luck you to you and have a great weekend!!

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77 Responses to Holiday Minted Giveaway + Thoughts on Writing Things Down

  1. Liz says:

    I just write them down on a pad of paper while I’m thinking of it. Don’t want to forget and this keeps me straight.

  2. Mary W says:

    I make notes on recycled paper and keep them everywhere. Really helps to write things down on paper!

  3. Letty says:

    Raffle copter! Is Minted one of those that sends the cards out for you as well?

  4. susan says:

    Hello from the Laurel Mountains!
    I have a small Moleskine that I keep in my purse to jot down grocery lists, to do lists and reminders. I enjoy your blog!

  5. Leia Foxwell says:

    Scraps of paper LOL!

  6. TaraO says:

    I like to take notes in my ipad, and I also have a spiral bound notebook.

  7. Sheila Torres says:

    I write things down on small note paper and attach to my wall calendar. It’s the only way I can remember things anymore. I also utilize the “notes” app on my iPhone.

  8. Kristen says:

    I’ve always liked writing things down in notebooks with a nice pen.

  9. PaperLvr says:

    I use notebooks. One notebook specifically for medical appointments: another for note taking while studying via audiobooks, etc. I also keep a small notepad in my purse.

  10. Emily R. says:

    I write lists on anything available – usually old envelopes πŸ™‚

  11. KL says:

    I keep a stack of paper next to my pc that is recycled. I try to reuse, recycle and re-purpose everything

  12. I love taking notes during church in mid-sized notebooks. They are fun to go back and read what I felt was important.

  13. Susan P. says:

    I use a journal for notes when we are on road trips and make lists on scraps of paper to remember what I have to do. Writing it down helps me remember even if I don’t look at the list later (or forget to bring it with me).

  14. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I send texts to myself.

  15. Calie says:

    I keep a little note pad in my purse for random ideas and a journal at home for more put together thoughts. At times I do use the notepad app on my phone, but I tend to transfer the winners to paper as soon as I can.

  16. Stacey says:

    I love to make lists and use my planner pages in my calendar. I keep two separate columns: one for work-related items (since I’m a teacher, that list is ever growing) and another for personal, just for me things.

  17. Patricia Caradonna says:

    I love jotting notes on post-its and then I transfer them to some pretty boxed stationary.

  18. Cori says:

    I’m a post-it girl for quick notes and I have a journal for longer thoughts that I can refer back to throughout the year.

  19. Alisha B says:

    By hand either in a notebook or on a sticky note, depending on where I am.

  20. Karly K says:

    If I’m at home, I usually scribble it on a notepad or junk mail envelope, but if I’m out, I’ll use the notes app on my phone.

  21. cori says:

    my hand! haha

  22. heather says:

    I love post it notes.

  23. Laura C says:

    I love my planner!

  24. Jordan says:

    I love always having a notebook!

  25. Kait says:

    I love to write letters! I collected fun stationary while living in Asia, and I’m starting to run low on greeting cards. It’s such a fun way to keep in touch with friends!

  26. kiki c says:

    I have a nice little note pad I keep in my purse for leaving notes on people’s cars to surprise them when I see them parked….we have a small town and so far they seem to enjoy it!

  27. Jaqui T says:

    I have note pads everywhere! One on my desk at work, one in my purse, one on my nightstand and at least one floating around my kitchen/living room. And I always hand write my grocery lists twice. Once to get all of the things I need written down and again to organize them by my path through the store. Between writing it twice and visualizing my trip I can typically remember everything even when I forget my list (which happens more often than it should…)

  28. Andrea E. says:

    I love smaller journals – with lines- and using fun pens. I am a child at heart!

  29. Brittany F says:

    I normally just write it on my calendar or my notepad on the fridge. If it’s super important, I send a text to myself right away πŸ™‚

  30. Lyka Walton says:

    I have a notepad/mousepad that I use to jot down notes.

  31. ali says:

    i’ve got recycled paper everywhere that i am always writing notes on and notepads in my car, my bag…….

  32. Cindy ziliak says:

    I break out in a sweat at the thought of giving up my paper address book! When it hides from me, as it often does, I am in a panic. Happened while I was working on Christmas cards this year. Luckily I found it! Merry Christmas!

  33. Heather says:

    A dry erase shopping list inside the pantry (transferred to paper list when shopping,) a catch-all list pad on the kitchen counter, post-it notes by the computer. I remember more when I have physically lettered the note with my muscles, LOL!

  34. Moleskin all the way for me. They’ve served as recipe recepticals, idea boards, travel journals and a spot for musings… Love them. I will have to check out minted now as well.

  35. Chloe says:

    I write notes to remind me of something through paper notes.

  36. Neena says:

    Backs of envelops and scraps of paper with crayons! I’m terrible!

  37. laura says:

    I am a huge list maker!

  38. Angie T. says:

    I’m like you I like to write things down & Mark them off when I’m done…..gives me a good feeling.

  39. Dana says:

    I use Evernote on my phone and computer, and notepads at home.

  40. April T. says:

    I love spiral notebooks too! If I don’t have my notebook with me, things get written down on random pieces of paper which end up all over my car, or in my jean pockets and in the laundry πŸ™ The only things I do digital are my shopping lists, since we have an app that the whole family can access.

  41. Jessica says:

    I take notes on my iphone throughout the day and then transfer them into a notebook that I keep by my bed at the end of the day. This helps me keep track of important things I want to remember (friend’s birthdays, new restaurants/stores I want to visit, etc) as well as ensures I’m not forgetting anything on my weekly “To Do” list!

  42. itzia says:

    i use post-its

  43. Julie says:

    I LOVE notebooks! My friend gave me a great idea for a gift last Christmas. She said her husband’s grandmother kept a journal throughout the year, and each Christmas she wrapped the journal and gave it to someone in the family. I decided to start this tradition with my mom, and I gave her a journal last year. I’m hoping she will wrap it and give it to someone this Christmas! I am going to give my husband and each of my kids journals this year, and we’ll see what happens. I’m also hoping to start a family journal, where one of us writes, then we pass it along to another person in the family. We’ll let the journal circle the family for the year, and it will be a great keepsake at the end of the year!

  44. Lauren J. says:

    I have a journal for myself and keep Word documents for each of my kids to read someday when they get older (so I can easily include digital pictures).

  45. Sally V says:

    Kelley…this is one of my favorites of things you have blogged. It is so refreshing to know that a “young” person is still loving the snail mail form of communication and grows weary of the “inpersonalness” of cell phones and computers. Hats off to you! I also love Paper…including the books I read. Kindles are not for me! I have a journal in which I have written down every book I’ve read in the past 30 years. Ironically, i don’t have that in my computer….hopefully, I don’t ever lose the journal. As I am growing older and more forgetful, it is a wonderful resource to tell me if I have already read a particular book!

  46. laura says:

    i am a sticky note queen. they’re EVERYWHERE!!

  47. Lea Anna says:

    I do lots and lots of lists!

  48. Meg says:

    I love those seasonal notepads that Target sells in their dollar bins! It’s also very convenient that it has a magnet so I can stick it on the fridge!

  49. Alicia says:

    I have a small notebook that I keep with me at all times. Every morning before starting my day, I write down my goals of the day and make sure they are realistic. Then throughout the day, I strike them off and find huge satisfaction in doing that.

  50. Alison H. says:

    I make lists that I keep on the fridge…it’s the only way I can remember things lol!

  51. Sandie says:

    Thank so much for hosting this giveaway, I hope I win to be able to get some awesome Mother’s Day gift for my family!

  52. I have sticky notes all over my “recipe” book, as I’m scratching out one thing and changing the next to make the recipe just right. I really need a better system…they fall out and I’m always losing them!

  53. Madeline says:

    I love using pretty paper to write things down, and of course I always use my favorite pen!

  54. Cora says:

    I love paper. I have my travel notebook, as we see things on the road, I write them down. When we get to our destination we look up the places we put down and decide where we want to stop on the way home. I write what we saw on which day so we can match memories with pictures. I have stacks of notepads and notebooks, I love lists.

  55. Nora B says:

    A dry erase board on the fridge!

  56. I have a notebook that my aunt gives me that I use for my daily to-do list. One page for every day. Write the items to do in black, cross out in red. Split into work and personal lists! Love Minted – used them for a bunch of our wedding stationery!

  57. Emily Ballantyne says:

    The Paper Source is one of my favorites! I keep notebooks scattered around the house and a full box of notecards with me in my apartment. My friends tease me light-heartedly about it, but know how much handwritten means to me: not-so-rich college students, they organized for everyone to write me a card for my birthday this past year. One of the best birthday surprises I’ve had!

  58. Elisa says:

    I like to write things down in small notebooks I can rip pages out of. Thanks

  59. Dakota says:

    A pretty notebook!

  60. Katy says:

    I love jeeping a journal in a cute notebook!

  61. Eloquence says:

    I love putting things in cute notebooks!

  62. Heather Spooner says:

    I keep a mini notepad in my purse. Its been very useful for saving grocery lists, phone numbers, and appointments. Thank you!

  63. Kate says:

    I have a notebook and calendar! I love your items from Minted! Thanks so much

  64. Mary P says:

    I have chalkboard paint in my kitchen that we write things down on and I keep a small notebook with me in my purse!

  65. Keeping a journal! I love looking back at past journals!

  66. Ashley Outland says:

    I love to write things down in beautiful notebooks!

  67. Joanna says:

    I have post it notes everywhere that I use!

  68. christina p says:

    I like to write in a calendar about my daughter’s funny/memorable events. It’s easier for me to document things that way.

  69. TC says:

    boring old steno notebook that I keep next to my computer.

  70. Kirsten says:

    I keep a journal by me for my notes.

  71. Samantha says:

    I am completely the same way & work off of personal notebooks for my to do lists, grocery lists, bill paying, notes on recipes, gift lists, everything & also use physical calendar that hangs on my wall. I totally agree about thank you notes & actual invitations & visits over coffee preferably. I hope there are more of us out there too πŸ™‚

  72. Heather says:

    My favorite way may not be the best way! I have post-its everywhere! Hey, it works for now!

  73. Kristine says:

    I am the list Queen! Everything I have to do gets written in a list in a note pad.. Its the only way I can function! πŸ™‚

  74. Pam says:

    I have my favorite pens and a notebook of some sort in every room as well as my purse. I’m always thinking of something new to try and if I don’t write it down, I won’t remember! My 10 yr old loves writing things down too, she asked for a diary this year.. with a great pen of course. I love the paper.. but the pen is just as important to me!

  75. Liz says:

    I keep a weekly planner and it keeps me so organized with my to do lists

  76. Matt says:

    I keep a legal pad at work

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